President Donald Trump has begun a fundraising push to take advantage of the controversy over his remarks about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Over the weekend, Trump insulted players who used the pre-game national anthem as an opportunity to protest racial inequality, calling them “unpatriotic,” and urging for them to be fired.
On Monday, Trump’s campaign staff sent an email to his supporters, calling for them to “stand with Donald Trump and the American flag,” and to donate to his campaign, according to The Independent.
Trump fundraising email: “Stand or kneel?” pic.twitter.com/DMwh5TnWrN
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 25, 2017
“When the national anthem plays, President Trump proudly stands and places his hand over his heart out of respect for our flag, our country and our heroes,” the email reads.
“That’s because the President supports the courageous patriots who have sacrificed to make this country great.”
Former White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush Richard Painter decried the email, accusing Trump of “using” the anthem.
Just got a “stand or kneel” email from POTUS with a push poll and ask for support. He’s using our national anthem to raise cash. Disrespect.
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) September 25, 2017